Date: 19th September 2013
Location: Colchester Rifle Club
Cost: 24p for scorecards
Rules: In the qualifying rounds shooters fire 40 shots at the target which is at a distance of 10 metres, with a time limit of 75 minutes. The eight shooters with the best score progress to the final where they fire 10 shots with a time limit of 75 seconds per shot. The shooter with the best combined score from the qualifying and final wins.
London 2012 Winner: Guo Wenjun, China.
Sarah: After the stability of the air rifle, we both found it was really hard to keep the air pistols steady, and the few shots that actually hit the targets were quite erratic. We shot one round of ten on a basic air pistol, and another round of ten from a more advanced gun with a wooden grip, which offered a bit more support to our wobbly wrists. We're not just being casual in the pictures; we were told to stand with a hand in our pocket or on our bum to steady ourselves! We only have one shooting event left now, and we'd been hearing murmurs that it would be impossible in this country. Which it will, as the pistol is banned. The UK athletes train in Switzerland, which I don't think our budget will stretch to! We're hoping to find somewhere a bit cheaper, and probably less glamorous, to plan our trip!
Ellie: Well that's it. That's all our shooting in the UK done. The next time we pick up a gun for our challenge we will be somewhere foreign! These tiny guns are really hard to keep steady but I really enjoyed the jaunty stance... it's easy to feel a bit like you are in a film when holding a gun and standing like that!
That was sadly our last trip to Colchester Rifle Club, and we'd like to thank them for their patience and hospitality! If you're looking to get in to shooting, they are a good bunch to contact! www.colchester-rifle-club.org.uk